I could lose £20k, claims owner


Kirstie Dolphin

A DENBIGHSHIRE man claims he could lose more than £20,000 due to damage to his home caused by council workers, writes KIRSTIE DOLPHIN.

Terry Mallon’s house in Gwyddelwern has been up for sale for 12 months but the price has been dramatically reduced due to damage to an outbuilding, which he claims was caused by Denbighshire County Council workers.

In 2008 council staff removed ivy that was growing up the wall and on the roof of the stoned sheds, which is shared by the council-owned property next door to Mr Mallon.

But in the process the workers damaged the gutters and removed slates, leaving a hole in the roof.

Mr Mallon, who has been fighting for the council to repair the damage, said: “If the job had been corrected when it was done it would have only cost about £20, £30 but now it will cost a lot more.

“The house is up for sale but when people come round to view the house they look at the outbuilding and say it needs work doing to it.

“They keep promising to keep looking at it but now the problem has reduced the market value and £20,000 has been taken off the asking price.”

The house was originally put on the market at £95,000 12 months ago, a property inspector then marked it down to about £85,000, and after further dilapadation to the outbuilding has been reduced to about £65,000.

Mr Mallon, who now lives in Maes-y-Fallen in Corwen, added: “The estate egents won’t up the price any more than that because of the state of the outbuilding.

“All I wanted was for the council to put it back how it was.
“We moved out of the house a year last May but all this has been going on since 2008.

Despite letters to Denbighshire County Council and several visits from his county councillor and Denbighshire council leader Hugh Evans, the damage has not been repaired.

Mr Mallon said he was visited by a council officer on Monday, January 13, and was told they will repair the outbuilding for £2,000 if Mr Mallon will pay half for his part of the shed.

A Denbighshire County Council spokesman said: “We are working with Mr Mallon to find a suitable solution which is mutually agreeable to both him and the council.”

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